The John Caudwell Award will celebrate the very spirit of entrepreneurship and the support of on the job training initiatives.

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John Caudwell began his career as an apprentice working at the Michelin Tyres factory in Stoke-on-Trent. This grounding in a successful multi-national company provided some of the fundamental practical knowhow and the inspiration to later become one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.

As a passionate advocate for alternative routes into employment and the encouragement of entrepreneurship in UK business, John has teamed up with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to recognise businesses that are inspiring and influencing people to climb the career ladder.

We’re looking for businesses that can show a commitment and passion to support non-graduates into employment, with demonstrable personal skill development and opportunities for career progression. Schemes may include (but are not limited to); apprenticeships, kick-start placements, work experience, training & volunteering.

This category will also celebrate businesses who recognise the barriers to employment that some people face and their work to proactively remove them. Work may include efforts to improve opportunities for people inhibited because of their health/disability, education, race, gender or age.

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The John Caudwell Award

Remember, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate and champion the stories of entrepreneurs.

True entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the truly inspiring entrepreneurs who are the agents of positive change in our country.

Application top tips:

  1. Don’t fall back on cliches and tired storylines. 
  2. Don’t undersell yourself, your business or your hard work.
  3. Give us the truth, no just the formula.
  4. You are the hero/heroine of your story; tell us about your ingenuity, your insight.